Andrey Anatolyevich Terentyev
Andrey Terentyev was born on the 31 st of March 1948 in Leningrad, USSR. In 1970 he entered the
Philosophy Faculty of еру Leningrad State University, where he studied Indian Philosophies and
Religions. There he also studied Sanskrit and Tibetan. Having graduated in 1975 A. Terentyev
became a research fellow at the Leningrad State Museum of History of Religions and Atheism.
Terentyev's Ph.D. (“Candidate of History”) degree was received in 1983 from the Institute of
Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Moscow) for the research and translation
from Sanskrit the Jaina 'Tattvārthādhigama Sūtra”. His duties in the Museum covered the whole field
of Buddhist Studies, including research fieldwork, exhibitions on History of Buddhism and lecturing.
The main subjects of his studies were Tibetan Buddhist Iconography and the History of Buddhism in
the USSR. Basing in Leningrad, A.Terentyev also on temporary basis worked in the Buddhist areas
of Russia: for 3 summers he was making the catalogue of the Tibetan texts in possession of the State
Museum of Tuva Republic and for 2 months he was the head of the Expert Commission of the
Ministry of Culture of Buryat Republic making the catalogue of the Buddhist art in the Ivolginsky
Datsan – the main Buddhist Monastery of Russia.
In 1988 A. Terentyev received a 3year postdoctoral scholarship from the Institute of Oriental
Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Moscow on classification of Vajrayāna texts. In
1990 (when it became possible to go out of the country) he worked for 6 months at the Library of
Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala (India).
From 1991, A. Terentyev devoted himself to preparing and publishing Buddhist texts in the Russian
language. In particular he was the editor of the monumental translation of the 5volume Tibetan
classic Lamrim Chenmo – the first full translation into E